The Be the Change Project’s Top Tips for Regenerative Living, Part 5: Voluntary Poverty


Photo by Peter Grubb

Voluntary Poverty paradoxically has provided us with more time for hobbies and travel: backpacking with the kids and nephew in the Sierras

Number 5 in our series for tips to live more regeneratively.  Climate change bad, regenerative living good!

The word “regeneration” means to be born again or to make over and it stems from the word “genesis” which means origin or when something came into existence.  And “Genesis” (big “G”) is the first book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible which describes how God made the world. So, if you’re Jewish or Christian maybe trying to live regeneratively is doing God’s work.  Or rehabilitating God’s original work.  Or something like that.  Anyway, it’s good work worth doing.  

We’ve chosen to live in voluntary poverty not because of religious or spiritual calling per se but as another way of putting connection over consumption, of health (big picture) before wealth, simplicity with service, passions…(what’s a word that starts with “p”?), blah, blah, blah.  I wrote about this in a previous Mother blog article and got some great responses.  I don’t want to repeat myself here in my new “Top Tips…” series so check out that piece for the whole picture.  I’ve tried to distill this article to the basics while offering some new insights.

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